Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

13. What is a Bodhisattva?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Ven Jianchengshi [+-]
Lancaster University
Jiancheng Shi received her PhD degree from Lancaster University, UK in 2021. Her PhD dissertation examines mindfulness in contemporary Chan monastic life.


In Sanskrit, bodhi means “awakening” and sattva refers to a sentient being. In a narrow sense, the term “bodhisattva” is primarily restricted to the historical Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, in his numerous previous lives before accomplishing buddhahood. Broadly speaking, a bodhisattva can refer to any sentient being who has vowed to pursue the path to buddhahood, which is called the bodhisattva path.

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Jianchengshi, Ven. 13. What is a Bodhisattva?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 63-67 Oct 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40750. Date accessed: 30 Sep 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40750. Oct 2021

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